November 2012
Eric Beauchesne with Peter Chu, Jiri Pokorny, Yannick Matthon, Jermaine Maurice Spivey in The Tempest Replica.© Jorg Baumann. (Click image for larger version)

Kidd Pivot – The Tempest Replica – New York

Over the course of an hour and a half the story is told, more or less, twice: first in swift pantomime (aided by projections) and then in a series of more intensely danced interludes.

Publicity image for Be Like Water.© Hetain Patel. (Click image for larger version)

Hetain Patel – Be Like Water – London

It’s a very successful work that manages to combine the oblique with the direct and engaging, and is both funny and sharply observed.

The Shades in La Bayadere.© Costin Radu. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Danish Ballet – La Bayadere – Copenhagen

So far as I know, no major company has ever before attempted a time-shifted Bayadère, so Hübbe had the whole of history to pick from. He chose the later years of the British Raj…

Random Dance in Alex Whitley's Hertz.© Ravi Deepres, by kind permission of the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Wayne Mcgregor | Random Dance – Hertz, Alpha Episodes, Life’s Witness – London

McGregor’s influence is visible across the programme, not so much in the movement style but in the extreme formal abstraction of the work. A little form can go a long way…

Herman Cornejo.© Manuel de Los Galanes. (Click image for larger version)

Interview: Herman Cornejo – American Ballet Theatre – Principal

Well, performing for me is really about that experience of giving to the audience. In the studio you work and perfect things, you collaborate with your partner, but for me it’s about what happens on the stage, the ability to give something, to your partner, to the audience.

Elisabeth Holowchuk, Michael Cook and company in Slaughter On Tenth Avenue.© Rosalie O'Connor. (Click image for larger version)

Suzanne Farrell Ballet – Autumn 2012 Program B – Washington

The company premiere of The Prodigal Son was the centerpiece and highlight of the Suzanne Farrell Ballet’s second all-Balanchine program at the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater – a program that also included Divertimento No. 15 and Slaughter on Tenth Avenue.

The snowflakes in George Balanchine's The Nutcracker.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker – New York

When something is beautifully made it never gets old. So it is with Balanchine’s Nutcracker, first performed by New York City Ballet in 1954 and honed to near-perfection over the years.

Choreographers Alex Whitley, Paolo Mangiola and Robert Binet.© respectively ROH, ROH, Kiran West.

Choreographers Alexander Whitley, Paolo Mangiola and Robert Binet – Random Dance and the ROH, 10 years on

Interviews with Alexander Whitley, Paolo Mangiola and Robert Binet about their new pieces commissioned by Wayne McGregor | Random Dance and the Royal Opera House…

Wayne McGregor | Random Dance perform in the Rain Room.© Ravi Deepres & Alicia Clarke. Rain Room, Random International 2012. Courtesy of Barbican Art Gallery.

Wayne McGregor | Random Dance – Rain Room – London

One issue that arose is the fact that too many people in the Rain Room – whether dancers or audience – really starts to destroy the illusion of controlling the rainfall or being enclosed in the rain.

Royal Ballet – Concerto, Las Hermanas, Requiem – London

It’s an interesting evening, showing both choreographer and company at their best and at somewhat less than that.

Batsheva Ensemble in Deca Dance.© Chris Nash. (Click image for larger version)

Batsheva Ensemble – Deca Dance – London

Naharin is at his best when working with groups, particularly mixed groups or groups of men. There isn’t much that is gender specific in the work; women dance much the same steps as men and there is little male / female partnering. What there is looks oddly perfunctory.

Edward Watson and Yuhui Choe supported by Thiago Soares in Requiem.© Dave Morgan, by kind permission of the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Royal Ballet in Concerto, Las Hermanas, Requiem (second cast)

36 pictures by Dave Morgan…

Alias company in Sideways Rain.© Jean-Yves Genoud. (Click image for larger version)

Alias – Sideways Rain – London

It’s a masterful, mesmerising piece.

Suzanne Farrell Ballet in Danses Concertantes.© Rosalie O'Connor. (Click image for larger version)

Suzanne Farrell Ballet – Autumn 2012 Program A – Washington

When watching them perform one understands what dance critic Joan Acocella meant when she said: “Every single time Suzanne Farrell sets a Balanchine ballet – it rises from the dead.”

Malavika Sarukkai performs in The Spirit of the Body.© Stephanie Berger. (Click image for larger version)

Malavika Sarukkai – Stithi Gati, Raas, The Bird Song, Laya – New York

…once she begins to dance, words become irrelevant: the clarity and detail of her dancing leaves no room for ambiguity or doubt. Like a master story-teller she is able to change registers and points of view in the course of a single solo…

Laura Morera and Melissa Hamilton in Las Hermanas.© Dave Morgan, by kind permission of the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Royal Ballet in Concerto, Las Hermanas, Requiem (first cast)

36 pictures by Dave Morgan…

Korea National Contemporary Dance Company and Trey McIntyre Project in The Unkindness of Ravens.© Stephanie Berger. (Click image for larger version)

Trey McIntyre Project / Korea NCDC – Mixed bill – New York

The Unkindness of Ravens – collaborative efforts are not easy, especially when they are cooked up over a short period. The two companies are just similar enough – contemporary, ballet-based – to make the project even more complicated.

Kai-Wen Chuang (supported by Luke Burrough) in FREEDOM.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Jasmin Vardimon Company – FREEDOM – London

Freedom came when the performers were allowed to dance. And that just wasn’t often enough.

Esteban Fourmi & Julia Robert Pares in FREEDOM.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Jasmin Vardimon Company in FREEDOM

9 pictures by Dave Morgan…

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Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Aladdin Premiere in February 2013 – Full Deatils

Birmingham Hippodrome performance dates: Friday 15 – Saturday 23 February 2013 (includes a Sunday performance on 17 February at 1pm and a 6.30pm performance on Friday 22 February). Then Tours…

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